Independent Publishers Group (IPG) has announced a partnership with Tokyopop. Beginning January 1, 2021, Tokyopop will expand its English language trade distribution through IPG, including retail book and mass merchant accounts. Tokyopop will continue to partner with Diamond Comics to work directly with comic book retailers and expand its offerings within the direct market comic books channel.
Tokyopop has global recognition with a network of over 160 partners in more than 50 countries and 30 languages. Its production arm has produced live-action and animated film and television content based on its extensive intellectual property library, including Priest, America’s Greatest Otaku, Van Von Hunter, Riding Shotgun, and a slate of projects currently in development.
A part of this joint distribution includes Tokyopop’s 2021 launch of the new Resident Evil manga and graphic novels line, both digitally and in print, across multiple formats. Laughing Under the Clouds, a highly rated fantasy manga series set in ancient Japan, will also release in early 2021. Additionally, new Disney Manga titles with Tokyopop include an upcoming original The Nightmare Before Christmas story to follow up with its The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey series; a brand-new Descendants story; Stitch and the Samurai, a crossover between an ancient Japanese samurai story and the popular Disney character Stitch; and a color version of its classic Beauty and the Beast manga series. Its LOVE x LOVE imprint will feature the following new highlights: This Wonderful Season With You, from author of Dekoboko Sugar Days, now on its third printing; Still Sick, the final volume of TOKYOPOP’s bestselling Girls Love series; and Our Not-So-Lonely Planet Travel Guide, an LGBTQ+ Boys Love title about traveling around the world and experiencing different cultures.
Tokyopop has announced their release of a manga-style graphic novel to accompany the Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness CG animation, as revealed at their New York Comic-Con Metaverse panel.
A survival horror franchise, Resident Evil has been a favorite of gamers since its first launch in 1996, and the series has sold over 100 million units cumulatively. With 2021 marking the 25th anniversary, Capcom and TMS Entertainment recently announced original CG animated series is exciting news for horror fans, and the graphic novel series will follow protagonists Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield in an adaptation of the CG animation.
Tokyopop has announced a new list of manga releases for late 2020 and early 2021.
First to be released is The God and the Flightless Messenger by hagi, due to hit shelves in December 2020. A one-off BL title, it follows the story of a young messenger to the gods who struggles to fit in due to his tiny wings, but forms a bond with his unusual assignment.
“My lord, were you the one who stayed by my side?”
Shin is a messenger to the gods, but he’s always been alone because of his tiny wings. And when he’s finally assigned a god to serve, it turns out to be… a huge ball of fluff?! Stranger still, he feels an odd, nostalgic connection with the funny-looking god.
This is not the story of how a shape-shifting god and an earnest messenger with a short temper meet, but of how they find each other again.
A Boys Love adjacent title, BL Fans LOVE My Brother?! by Mimu Oyamada is about a woman whose shut-in brother is famous in fan communities for his Boys Love artwork and comics. A heartfelt comedy about overcoming anxieties and supporting family in their hobbies, this title is a love letter to BL fans.
Four years ago, Kirika Amano’s older brother became a shut-in. Since then, he’s barely even left his own room, constantly working on something at his desk. When Kirika finally finds out what he’s been doing all that time, she’s shocked — her brother creates boys love comics! Not only that, but it turns out that he’s actually quite good at it, and he’s got a dedicated fanbase.
Even though Kirika doesn’t understand her brother’s hobbies or the fandom that surrounds him, he’s still family. Maybe if she helps him sell his comics, she can convince him to step outside into the world again and greet his fans in person.
Following the success of Dekoboko Sugar Days, Atsuko Yusen’s This Wonderful Season With You is another BL one-shot about an unlikely highschool couple and a friendship that develops into something deeper.
Enoki is practically the poster-boy for what a typical nerd looks like: short and slight, complete with big round glasses and social awkwardness. His main hobby is playing video games, and he’s used to not having many friends at school. Then, he meets Shirataki, a former member of the baseball club and his exact opposite; tall, muscular and sporty. Despite their many differences, the spark of friendship between the two boys begins to grow into something more…
Alter Ego is a new addition to both International Women of Manga and LOVE x LOVE imprints. The Girls Love title from Spanish creator Ana C. Sánchez deals with unrequited love and the difficulties of confessing a gay crush to a friend who appears to be straight.
Noel has always been in love with her best friend Elena, but she’s never been able to find the courage to confess her feelings. Then, when her friend starts dating a boy, Noel’s world collapses as she sees her chance at love slipping away.
One night, in a moment of desperation, Noel ends up confessing her feelings for Elena to a complete stranger. But as fate would have it, this stranger turns out to be a girl named June, Elena’s other best friend… and Noel’s rival in love! Worst of all, now June knows Noel’s secret. With everything suddenly going wrong, how can Noel ever win the girl of her dreams?
A catboy themed BL by Dento Hayane, The Cat Proposed follows an exhausted salaryman who accidentally catches the eye of a mischievous bakeneko, or shapeshifting cat, who promptly decides they are meant for one another.
Matoi Souta is an overworked office worker tired of his life. Then, on his way home from a long day of work one day, he decides to watch a traditional Japanese play. But something strange happens. He could have sworn he saw one of the actors has cat ears.
It turns out that the man is actually a bakeneko — a shapeshifting cat from Japanese folklore. And then, the cat speaks: “From now on, you will be my spouse.”
Azumi Kyohei’s Katakoi Lamp rounds up the list with this sweet BL romance story about a café owner who develops a crush on one of his customers and struggles with how to confess his feelings.
Kazuto Muronoi runs a cute little coffee shop, where many people enjoy doing some work or writing papers for school. Among his coffee shop’s regulars is a college student named Jun, who often studies there. It was love at first sight for Kazuto! Will Kazuto be able to find the courage to confess his crush before Jun graduates college and stops frequenting the shop? And to make matters even more complicated… it seems Jun has his sights set on another worker at the café!
Global manga publisher and media brand Tokyopop is celebrating the 15th anniversary of Eisner Award nominee Svetlana Chmakova’s debut title with a collector’s edition release ofDramacon. This special edition will feature over 600 pages of beautiful artwork, a brand-new cover design, and a never-before published glimpse into Svetlana’s creative process.
Originally published as a manga trilogy beginning in 2005, the drama/comedy Dramacon follows a group of friends through three years at a local anime convention. With classic coming-of-age teenage themes in mind, Dramacon is well-positioned for fans of Svetlana’s work who are looking for something more in the line of young adult (YA) stories.
Christie, an amateur writer and full-time fan, is attending her first anime convention with her artist boyfriend to promote the manga they created together! But when she unexpectedly falls for a mysterious cosplayer, things get a little… well… complicated. What do you do when the person you’re falling in love with is going to be miles away in just a matter of days and you might not see them for a whole year? Take a trip to Yatta Anime Convention, where laughter, heartbreak, drama and excitement come together!
TOKYOPOP has revealed its May and June manga releases across Europe. With retail stores reopening around the world, TOKYOPOP’s worldwide publishing efforts are also picking up, with a vast selection of genres for manga fans published in German.
Wie Blüten und Blitze(Like Flowers and Lightning) by Kana Watanabe is a manga with an inspirational tone. Umiho is shy and has fallen head over heels in love, but doesn’t dare confess to her crush out of fear of rejection. Like a breath of fresh air, the headstrong Yachiko suddenly swirls into Umiho’s life and turns it upside down with a simple observation: “most of the time you’re angry most because you did nothing, right?” From that moment on, Umiho takes her fate into her own hands.
Written by Robinson Haruhara with art by Yuki Sato, Suginami on Dungeon Duty is one for shounen fans. Set in modern-day Tokyo with a medieval fantasy flare, the world is under constant siege by monsters from an underground network of dungeons. Civil servants are trained, armed, and sent down to protect their homes from attack, and Suginami is an apprentice defender, ready to put his skills to the test.
Two other first volumes released in May were Sword Art Online – Project Alicization, and Dog End.
June marked the first volume of Do Something Bad With Me, by Haru Aoi. This shoujo romance title follows Towako, a teenage girl who writes her secret thoughts and fantasies down in her diary. She always keeps it safe, but when her classmate Yui gets a hold of it, he offers her a surprising proposal.
Another shoujo release, Zum Glück bei dir (Fortunately With You) from Rika Enoki is a standalone romance title. Yae grew up with her parents in Tokyo, but when they take an assignment abroad she finds herself taking care of her grandparents house in the country by herself. Fortunately, the charming neighbor Oda, who works as a priest in the nearby shrine, helps her with her chores. But it seems he might be just as interested in Yae herself…
Four more titles launching in June are Apocalyptic Organs, Koimonogatari (Love Stories), Unter der Oberfläche (Under the Surface), and Love You Till You Die.
The outbreak of novel coronavirus around the world has resulted in non-essential businesses closing down temporarily, including our printer, lettering team, distributor, and other vitally important parts of the publishing process. As the industry begins to adapt and resume business, the publisher has worked closely with its industry partners to create an adjusted release schedule for the remainder of 2020.
Tokyopop will also be revealing more community projects to engage and support fans through the rest of the year, with details to follow in the future.
Tokyopop has announced they have adjusted their release schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is due to a mix of factors including businesses being shut down temporarily including their printer, their lettering team, distributor, and more. They have made the decision to delay the print release of their upcoming titles originally scheduled for release in April and May of 2020.
They’re working hard in the background to find other ways to get new titles to fans throughout this shutdown, including accelerated ebook releases and outsourcing work to freelancers, and are in ongoing talks with various partners to evaluate how quickly they can resume printing and releasing as scheduled. They don’t anticipate having to delay the release of titles initially scheduled for June or later, but will update the status of new releases as new information is made available.
As a thank you to their community through this global shutdown, they’ve launched the COVID-19 Community Free Manga Program, with a selection of their titles available digitally for free until the end of April.
DELAYED PRINT TITLES:
Aria: The Masterpiece, Volume 6 Futaribeya: A Room for Two, Volume 7 Disney Manga: Kilala Princess – Save The Village with Mulan!, Issue #1 Disney Manga: Kilala Princess – Save The Village with Mulan!, Issue #2 Disney Manga: Kilala Princess – Save The Village with Mulan!, Issue #3 Disney Manga: Kilala Princess – Save The Village with Mulan!, Issue #4 Koimonogatari: Love Stories, Volume 1 Konohana Kitan, Volume 8 Disney Manga: The Nightmare Before Christmas – Zero’s Journey, Issue #18 Disney Manga: The Nightmare Before Christmas – Zero’s Journey, Issue #19 Disney Manga: The Nightmare Before Christmas – Zero’s Journey, Book 4 No Vampire, No Happy Ending, Volume 1 Ocean of Secrets, Volume 3 Undead Messiah, Volume 3
Written by Damián Art by Alex Fuentes Cover by Alex Fuentes Purchase
Younf Nat Kanan just got his very own Genpet, and just in time — gangsters are out to get him and his family! Lost in the futuristic Big Apple, the two of them must find a way back to his parents before trouble catches up to them!
Infinity 8 #19: All for Nothing
Written by Boulet, Lewis Trondheim Art by Boulet Cover by Boulet Purchase
The city-sized, deep-space cruise ship “Infinity 8” stops halfway en route between the Milky Way and Andromeda, blocked by a massive field of debris containing wreckage and artifacts from countless planets, cultures, and possibly dimensions. The captain of the ship calls upon eight of the ship’s top security to investigate the anomaly, each one sent out in a parallel time loop to collect information which can then be assembled to hopefully discover the truth before disaster erupts. Each time loop lasts only eight¬†hours, at which point things snap back to the way they were when they started, leaving the agents with no memories of their time in that window. Can the eight¬†agents solve the mystery without making things worse? Danger reveals itself within the interspecies population on the ship, some of whom may know more than they lead on . . . The first volume introduces us to the crew and captain of the Infinity 8 as they first encounter the anomaly, and the first security agent‚Äîthe brassy Yoko Keren‚Äîis sent out on the case. But she’s too preoccupied by her own relationship woes (or lack-of-relationship woes) to focus on the job. When a race of necrophagous aliens follow her into a floating graveyard, they begin to assimilate the criminal and violent behavior of the corpses they devour. With their attention turned back to the ship itself, Yoko has to find a way to stop them from destroying the ship before her time loop expires.
KLAW Vol. 3 #13: Operation Mayhem
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High school troubles pale in comparison to the blackout delusions Angel Tomassini has started experiencing, believing he is secretly turning into a giant murderous were-tiger out of control. But is he really? Or is it all in his head?
Orphans Vol. 1 #5: The Rifleman
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Jonas and the other orphans are sent into the woods on a survival mission that will leave scars long into adulthood, particularly for new recruit Raul…
It is said that there are some special animals occasionally born with great powers. Senzou the black fox is one of those… but instead of using his powers for good, he abused his strength until the Sun Goddess imprisoned him for his bad behavior. Three hundred years later, he’s finally been released, but only on one condition — he can’t have any of his abilities back until he successfully helps a tanuki cub named Manpachi become an assistant to the gods. Unfortunately for Senzou, there’s no cheating when it comes to completing his task! The magic beads around his neck make sure he can’t wander too far from his charge or ignore his duties, and so… Senzou the once-great Fox Spirit must figure out how to be an actually-great babysitter to a innocent little tanuki or risk being stuck without his powers forever!
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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.
Tokyopop unveiled the launch of a new horror manga series, as well as three new, single-volume boys’ love titles to be released in early 2020 at their San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel.
From Kaili Sorano, the creator of supernatural manga series Monochrome Factor, comes another action-packed occult story entitled Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond. It follows the mysterious adventures of two high schoolers, Yamagishi and Sendo, who accidentally find themselves entangled in occult conspiracies and a fantastical array of paranormal phenomenon plaguing their school, including a plant-faced monster that seems to be assimilating innocent victims around the area. With the help of an enigmatic paranormal investigator named Akisato, the two must set aside their many differences and work together to stop these preternatural perils from the world “beyond.”
According to the artist, this new manga series is heavily inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu, as well as the tabletop role-playing game of the same title. Horror manga fans can look forward to the Lovecraftian monsters and mysteries of Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond in February 2020.
Also launching in early 2020 are three more boys’ love titles, each in single-volume format.
The first of the three, titled Dirty Darling, is authored and illustrated by boys love artist Gorou Kanbe. In it, a young man takes in and takes care of an unfortunate vagrant, helping him clean up and get back on his feet. A special relationship begins to blossom between the two unlikely companions in this bittersweet story of loss and love.
Also scheduled for early 2020 are Dekoboko Sugar Days by Atsuko Yusen and RePlay by Saki Tsukahara, both of which feature a romance between two young men who started out as childhood friends.
Dekoboko Sugar Days is a fun, lighthearted romance between main characters Yuujirou Matsukaze and Rui Hanamine, who have been close since the two of them were young. At that time, Yuujirou was the one who stood up for and took care of his adorable, soft-hearted friend. As it turns out, however, Yuujirou’s childhood dreams end up growing a little too big to handle — or, rather, too tall! At over six feet in height, the cheerful and happy-go-lucky Rui towers over his would-be protector… and still has no idea Yuujirou’s had a crush on him since they were kids!
RePlay also features a couple who started out as close friends, but with a twist for sports-manga fans. Main characters Yuuta and Ritsu have been part of the same baseball club for years, but after being defeated in a local tournament over the summer, the two decide to quit the club and begin studying for the same university. Still, Yuuta finds himself unable to give up his lingering attachment to baseball. The one person who can truly understand him is Ritsu.
Details on these upcoming 2020 Tokyopop manga releases are below.